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The Truck Schedule Is Too Inconsistent

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If you’re looking for where the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series is racing on this weekend’s schedule, you won’t find it.

The series is on yet another off-week following its visit at Nashville Superspeedway last Friday (June 28). That race took place after a whopping three weeks of downtime for the series. Before Nashville, the last time the series was on track was at World Wide Technology Raceway on June 1.

That three-week “halftime break” really didn’t do wonders for the series upon its return at Nashville. It only took three turns before a seven-truck crash broke out before the field could even complete a lap.

Six more cautions followed in just a 150-lap event, including one for Dawson Cram spinning after a stack-up on a restart.

It’s easy to blame such a disjointed race on the fact on the way the Truck Series field races a lot of the time – in fact, you wouldn’t be faulted for thinking that. However there is reason to believe that after three weeks off in a series that doesn’t race much to begin with, there is some sort of ‘rust’ to shake off in the first race back.

But now we’re back to an off-week before returning to Pocono Raceway next Friday (July 12). Luckily, it’s only one off-week, but we’re still far from done from multi-off-weeks.

Following Pocono, the series will head to Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park on Friday, July 19 before taking another two weeks off – though that break is arguably the most forgivable. That’s the Olympic break, and it will affect all three of NASCAR’s premier series at the end of July and beginning of August.

The series returns on Aug. 10 when it heads to Richmond Raceway, but then it immediately takes another week off. Again, this is another one that is excusable when you consider that the playoffs start the week after at the Milwaukee Mile – quite frankly, I’m in favor of all three premier series having an off-week before their respective playoffs, but I digress.

After Milwaukee, there is yet again another two weeks off for the Truckers. Then the series has a rare three-race stretch before taking yet another two weeks off. Then the Truck Series finishes the season with three straight races.

Not to mention that preceding the three weeks off after Gateway was an other-worldly five-race stretch in five weeks, the longest consecutive run in the Truck season.

What an inconsistent schedule.

With a stop-and-go schedule like that,…

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